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Lithuanian president proposes tougher penalties for misleading advertising

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has proposed stepping up measures aimed at protecting consumers from misleading advertising and ensuring fair competition. The president proposed linking the size of fines with a company’s turnover and issue fines of up to 3 percent of a company’s annual revenue but not more than 100,000 euros. Repeated offenses would increase fines to up to 6 percent of the annual turnover but not more than 200,000…

Ex-Lithuanian finmin to announce decision on presidential race

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lithuania’s former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė will announce later on Monday whether she will run for president after being nominated by part of branches of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. Šimonytė will hold a press conference at the parliament at 11.30 a.m. 37 HU-LCD branches have nominated Šimonytė for president. 34 branches earlier nominated Žygimantas Pavilionis, an MP and former diplomat, but he eventually decided against…

Sex abuse scandal in German Catholic Church sparks celibacy debate

Monday, September 24, 2018

German bishops are preparing to respond to a shattering study on widespread sex abuse by Catholic priests. While some think celibacy should be overhauled, others argue that victim compensation should be the focus now. You seldom hear a bishop say something like this. Franz-Josef Overbeck writes of a “great failure” by the church: “Above all, this includes the alarming indications that some concepts and aspects of our Catholic sexual morality, as…

Seven parties may get elected to 13th Saeima – September poll

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Harmony remains the most popular political party in Latvia in September, followed by the Union of Greens and Farmers and KPV LV party; in total, seven parties appear to have a chance of getting elected to the 13th Saeima, according to a public opinion survey carried out by Delfi portal and Kantar TNS company. 14.9 percent of respondents said that they would vote for Harmony, 9.8 percent said they would…

Government to support job creation in East, Southeast Estonia

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Ministry of Social Affairs has come up with a draft of the conditions of a job creation incentive directed to East-Viru county and the counties of southeastern Estonia, which is aimed at supporting the economic development of these regions and reducing unemployment. “Even though there is a shortage of workforce in Estonia at present, many people in Southeast Estonia and East-Viru county have no job,” Minister of Health and…

Wind energy lowering electricity price to near-zero in Estonia

Friday, September 21, 2018

The electricity price in price area Estonia of the Nordic electricity exchange Nord Pool Spot will in great probability drop to 2.4 euros per megawatt-hour on the night between Friday and Saturday as a result of high output of wind energy, informs LETA/BNS. Where the average price of electricity has been in the region of 50 euros per megawatt-hour in recent months, the price has dropped close to zero for…

Woman slammed for staging ‘ridiculous’ business class photo on plane to get Instagram likes

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Instagram influencer Harimao Lee has been called out over a photo she shared from a recent trip to Rome. While many may grimace at the term ‘influencer’ , there’s no doubt that people will go to extraordinary lengths to get the perfect pic for social media. From buying props to travelling across the world, those who want to increase their following will do just about anything for the ‘gram. Recently…

Three customs officials detained for abetting in contraband activities

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Three customs officials have been detained at the Paternieki border crossing on suspicion of abetting in contraband activities, State Revenue Service Internal Security Department director Natalija Dolgova informed members of the press on Wednesday. On August 30, the SRS’s Internal Security Department, in cooperation with the Tax and Customs Police, seized a cargo of approximately 10 million illegal cigarettes. The calculated loss to the national budget was approximately EUR 1.4…

James Bond: Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct next Bond film

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The man behind Netflix series Maniac has been named as the director of the next James Bond film. Cary Joji Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle, who dropped out last month blaming “creative differences”. Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli praised Fukunaga’s “versatility and innovation”. He recently directed Netflix’s dark comedy Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and directed season one of True Detective. Fukunaga’s work on the HBO crime…

As Pope heads to Baltics, more attention to Catholic sex abuse

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The time, when Roman Catholic Pope Francis is set to visit the Baltics, greatly differs from the visit by Saint John Paul II in 1993. There is public resentment over the countries spending several million euros to host the trip of the pontiff and the Catholic sex abuse scandals are topic of discussion. French news agency AFP reports on Friday, September 20, that the Catholic Church is under increasing scrutiny…